Wärtsilä inaugurates new office in Chile to support growth

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 4 April 2008 at 15:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä today opened a new branch office in Antofagasta in northern Chile. The new office enables Wärtsilä to improve its service to regional customers, especially the region’s mining industry and electricity suppliers.

A spate of recent orders and contracts is indicative of the company’s growth throughout South America, and support facilities are crucial to maintaining this growth. Wärtsilä began operations in Chile in 1993 with the installation of a power plant in the Tarapacá region. The company has since added offices in Valparaiso and Talcahuano employing more than 40 people serving the marine and electricity supply markets.

The new office will be joined in October by a workshop and together they will employ eight persons.

“Given the growth of the Chilean mining sector, the need to secure the generation of electricity in a convenient and efficient way has become essential. Wärtsilä is able to provide this need and support the mining and energy sectors with imaginative and flexible solutions. The opening of these offices is an indication of the company’s commitment to the region”, said Mr Remigio Peñarreta, General Manager, Wärtsilä in Chile, emphasising Wärtsilä’s commitment to supporting its customers in northern Chile.

Mining is the fastest growing sector in the Chilean economy, and Antofagasta is a main hub for the industry. The new Antofagasta office and workshop will thus be well-placed for the long-term development of Wärtsilä’s business in Chile and for the support of the Chilean economy.

In Chile, Wärtsilä has more than 500 MW installed in marine and land applications. In general electrical supply in Chile, the company has installed more than 140 MW of power capacity.


Media contact:
Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com


About Wärtsilä Corporation
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 16,000 professionals manning 150 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on The Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.